Did you get a call from area code (876)?

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Image of phoneRing, ring… you get a call from a number starting with area code (876). They call to say you’ve won the “Mega Millions” Jamaican lottery, and you could even win a car! All you have to do is pay a few thousand bucks in taxes or fees, and the big jackpot is yours.

That’s great news, right? Wrong.

Don’t send money to anyone who claims to have a prize for you. Odds are good that it’s a scam. And just so you know, playing a foreign lottery is against federal law.

A new twist: scammers are asking people to pay “taxes and fees” with prepaid cards. They tell you to go to the nearest pharmacy or a big retail store, buy a card, and call them back to read them the number. Whether you use a prepaid card or a wire transfer — once you send your money, you can’t get it back. So keep card and account numbers to yourself. Scammers use this information to hustle even more money out of you — and your accounts.

We get complaints from people who have lost A LOT of money to foreign lottery scams. Some folks have told us that they’ve been threatened with physical harm if they don’t pay the fees.

If you get a call about a foreign lottery, we recommend that you hang up. And before you do, you might want to tell the caller:

  • I never entered a foreign lottery, so I couldn’t have won
  • I never send money to someone who calls me
  • My phone number is on the Do Not Call Registry, so you shouldn’t be calling me — and I’m reporting your number  

Have you gotten a call like this? We want to hear about it. Submit a complaint at ftc.gov/complaint, or call 1-877-FTC-HELP. And learn more about recognizing and reporting lottery scams and prize scams.

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Our Caller ID has been speaking "Jamaica" for the 876 area code since the third week of November. We don't know anyone living in Jamaica or traveling there.

The following 876 numbers have appeared in our Caller ID since Nov. 23rd: 585-3160, 559-8573, 373-2084, 362-5587, 435-5804, and 362-5587

I just got a call from 876-846-0278, man said I won 2.5 mil from publisher clearing house and I need to pay 1 percent taxes which is 200 dollars. Then he ask me what time will I be home to receive my prize? I said all day what time will u be here, he said 3. He told my to go to Walmart and pay via western union. I said who do I pay it too? He said publisher clearing house accountant. I ask him what is my name, he said the accountant knew my name. I said what is the accountant number he then gave me 876-295-2675. To be honest his phone reception was so bad he had to hang up and call me back. Then he started asking me personal questions, am I married, employed, etc.... I told him his phone is so bad I can barely understand him and is he calling me from a cell phone, he said I will hang up and call u back. I am writing this comment and so have he have not called me back. But I know it's a scam because u call me to tell me I won money but u can't tell me my name?!?! Baby bye, my all means I'm not desperate my God supplies all my needs according to HIS riches and glory. Be safe people.

I posted a comment on 12/05/2015 and my last statement in that post was "so far as I am writing this I have not heard back from them"....WRONG...these idiots have called me 34 times in the last two days. I have the number rejected so my phone never rings to alert me of an incoming call but it lets me know that a rejected number came threw. I am shaking my head. I should answer one time and blow a loud horn in the phone. This is hilarious!!!!

Unfortunately, the Jamaica pirates have a way around the 876 area code recognition stuff. While their call center in Kingston usually uses that area code, they know it can be blocked. So, they also use Ymax Communications company portals in the US to call victims with other unblocked area codes. For instance, today they have used 775 (Reno), 314 (St Louis), 702 (Las Vegas) and 501 (Little Rock) to try to get around our call blocking machine. This is very organized criminal activity that preys on our elderly - where is our government?

I got one of these calls today. Same exact scenario....said he was from Publisher's Clearing House and I had won money and a car. For a few seconds I listened, because I did just enter legit sweepstakes on pch.com, but I came to my senses and knew it was a scam, but not before calling the number back to see who might answer. I got a generic automated voicemail. HE then proceeded to call bak a few hours later from a different number, giving the same opening line and story. I just hung up.

876-457-3087 called said i won 2nd place publishers clearing 2.5 million and a mercedes-benz and $50,000 bonus go to WAL-MART pic up package but stop and get $687.02 cash for processing & tax.His name DAVID JOHNSON LATER IN conversation changed to "JOHN" VARIFIED BY F.B.I. agent DON GREEN who said all ok go ahead were GOD FEARING PEOPLE.! And if i wanted to talk to HOMELAND SECURITY he would be right with me

876 called our home yesterday and talked to my 78 year old husband for quite a while. They wanted to award him $16.5 million and a new car. I finally got on the line asking questions and they had suspicious answers I didn't believe. I got on line to check them out and found this web site and others informing me of the scam. Then they started calling constantly and we didn't pick up. They left a message on the answering machine, very abusive and threatening to call us constantly every day. They are blocked now but we are aware now but it does worry me, my husband is so gullible.

receiving calls several times a dat from 876 #'s. They are leaving obscene messages on my voice mail!!!

I've found the best way to deal with these scammers is to keep them talking for as long as possible until they get so frustrated they hang up. I tell them I cannot hear well and make them repeat everything at least 3 or 4 times and then when they've gone through it all I go back again and ask questions that were previously answered. I have done this on 3 different numbers I have, both mobile and landline. SO far they have never called back. One time the dimwit scammer didn't notice I was gaming them and after 20+ minutes I got tired of it. I then thanked the scammer for allowing me sufficient time to trace the call back to Jamaica and told him I knew the precise location where the call originated and that he could expect a visit from the authorities shortly. Haven't heard from him either since that.

I got a call today from people claiming that I had won $2.5 million and a new Mercedes Benz. They were persistent and called 4 times.

The first time, they claimed to be from the U.S. Treasury. They called me back when I said that I couldn't hear them.

The second call I pressed them to identify where they were calling from: "Las Vegas," despite the fact that the number that appeared was a West Perrine, FL phone number. He explained that it was AT&T routing the call. When pressed again about the name of the company, they identified themselves as representing Megamillions Corporation.

Now I was having fun! When they explained what I had won, I asked them to contact my accountant to handle the transaction and my lawyer to manage the legal end. They told me that I didn't need to worry about hiring a lawyer because "we have it all handled my friend . . ." all they needed from me was 1% ($2,150), and they will handle the rest. The "package" was to be delivered by Federal Express in Tucson, AZ (pronounce Tucks-on).

I was able to speak to the "manager" who then promoted himself to "attorney general" of the company.

Anyway, the third time they called, the number appeared to be from Kingston Jamaica.

These are the phone numbers they called me from:
Florida: (786) 345-8480
Jamaica: (876) 570-8079

876-386-6206

just dont answer numbers you do not recognize...

OK, I just got a call from this number. Jamaican area code saying I won 2.5 million dollars and a brand new car.

He asked if I would like to receive the prize. Funny enough when I said no thank you his response was "I'm sorry, what?"

I repeated myself and after a short pause they hung up. If you want to have these numbers blocked I suggest a windows phone. They have a built in feature that puts numbers on a block list. Be careful staying on the phone too long to "have fun" with the scammers. Unless you have unlimited foreign calling you'll get a nice sized charge on your account. ~Jess

Why would you get charged for an incoming call?

We usually get two calls a day. I sometimes tell them we don't want the money that we have too much already, that just makes them angry. Today I was cursed out and threatened with the most vile profanity. These people are ruthless and can't be stopped.

This morning I got a call from the 876 area code, caller ID said Jamaica.
I was pretty sure frI'm the start that it was a scam, but I answered anyway. I was taken off guard at first, because the caller said he was with the USPS and asked if I was informed that I'd be receiving a package today.. which I had been waiting on one and was in my mailbox when I checked it later.
Immediately after that he said he was from the Publishersame Clarence House and thas about the time I hung up on him.
Like I was, I was sure it was a scam from the beginning, but the thing about this call that has me scratching my head is the simple question: how did theyou know I was going to be getting a package in the mail? Even if they got into the shippers database and got my number from the contact information, I just got thus number 2 days ago, and the package was ordered a week ago.

Was called today from "David" from 876-522-1664 in Kingston Jamaica. He hung up after being told I was not interested.

Got a scam call from 876 area code all the way up here in wyoming saying i had won the publishers clearing house!

called today saying they worked for ups. wanted to know our address for packaged to be delivered today as scheduled. Not!!! If I ordered something which I didn't you would have my address. Worthless people at 876 894 9419

They called saying I won the publishers clearence house sweepsteaks and to call them back at this number David Peterson 876 485-6606

I get calls from these clowns in Jamaica all the time. They scammed my father-in-law out of $10,000 when he was in his late 80's. We moved him in with us and he has since passed away. A year after he passed these morons caught up with him and started calling my house. I just play along with them and waste their time. I figure if they are talking to me and I am not about to give them a cent, then they are leaving someone else alone.

My call today was from 876-421-0109, "James Logan" telling me that UPS was bringing me a certified insurance check as I'd won 2nd prize in the Publisher's Clearing House. He gave his badge number "that will be marked on my chest" along with that of his driver, Andre Green, and the check number which will be "circled". He assured me that they were approved by the BBB. I kept listening just for fun. He then started into the scam part, basically that I was going to have to pay the taxes up front. I played with him a little but got bored and hung up.

Just got a Call from 876 572 8247 saying I won $350 million. i hung up and call from a different number asking for my money. They asked for my account number and said they would wire it to me. Never asked my name, never told me anything. Not only are they pathetic for scamming people, they're complete idiots. I gave him a fake routing number and he actually believed it for a minute. I could hear one of his POS partners in the background telling him what to do. I gave him a piece of my mind and hung up. I hope I run into these A-holes one day.

Received phone that showed up as being from Jamaica. Did take call as I wasn't sure if it would cost extra $. Over the years I've noted that scammers would use the prefix of Mr. Or Mrs. so and so. Made new email address and get zelch 'letters' making false claim. And having made the commentment to self when I received new phone & number. Yes, one living on as could always use extra funds. I find that there seems to be only $55 left over. I can't even save up enough for new tires for the 2002 car. someday...

I received a call from this # today. Asked me if I remembered when I entered the Publishers Clearing House. Told him I've never done it - he hung up. Jerks........

Got a call from 876-556-6725, Kingston Jm. Didnt answer. Would advise everyone to do the same. Jamaica is a mecca for fraud and scam artists...how the heck can this be allowed to continue? Time to crack down on this type thing via prison sentences...by both US and Jamaican authorities.

I was getting 5 calls per day from jamaica for several weeks have time warner phone and my phone set to ' block anonymous calls' and this can be done online in the setting area. I also enter each phone number and it can block up to 30 numbers I wish they would allow to block entire area code- 876.
They also sell caller id boxes online that can block entire area codes. That would reslly help

If you call them back, which I was stupid enough to do, it cost you at minimum $1 a minute plus taxes. No I did not send them any money because I realized it was a total scam at the end but that telephone bill is still ridiculous. Because it is an 800 number we have been duped to think that they are free.

It's not an 800 number. It's an area code for Jamaica.

I started keeping tract of the calls starting on 2/4/2016 and have 30 to date. I do not answer any calls I do not recognize. Usually they hang up but a few leave messages making me a multi millionaire.

I do not believe the government lets this continue. Shut down calls from Jamaica or allow individuals to refuse any calls from the 876 area, I know that penalizes people in that area, but they must know of this scam, let them clean it up or do without phone service.

Naysayer I got 3 calls from 876-399-7678, telling me I won 2.5 million but had to pay $1750 cash. Told him I only had checks and can mail him that, please can I have an address. (This was Mr. Anderson) We kept getting disconnected. On the next to last call, he asked if I really wanted the money and I told him that I already had 4 million in the bank and did he think that was enough for me to live on since I'm pretty rich. () Another disconnect and of course he called back - said that he made a mistake and the fees were now $6500 - his math was wrong. Told him OK to call back in 2 hours and I'll have the money - in the meantime I had contacted Comcast to block this and all 876 area code numbers.

I need help with anyone regarding winners international ...they have been scamming my uncle for the last few years and now it has got to the point they been asking him to cash in his like insurance . They have some one in MI to send him a $5.000 check which he cashed and western union them the money My email is                     @gmail.com if anyone can share their story with me ( NO NAMES NEEDED) just so i can show my uncle that they are scamming people .....

We don't publish personal information like emails in the blog. If you need information about a possible scam, you can type the company name and the word 'reviews' or 'scam' into your computer search bar. You can ask your state and local consumer protection agencies if they know about the business, or can talk with your uncle about what these people are telling him. Depending on how old your uncle is, and how your local agencies work, you might get someone from Adult Protective Services to visit or talk with them. You can find resources for older people on Eldercare.gov. That's a federal government website.

They have been calling us for about six months and we've been on the do not call list as well, I even went back and put us back on it to make sure. Still the same ole thing three calls a day and I report every one of them I get no response from reporting them nor does it make any difference we're on the list. As Others have said they get way out of bounds saying and asking personal non business related questions and will not take no for an answer, it just forces you to not answer your phone. If you don't answer the call that shows their number they'll call straight back with a blocked number thinking you'll answer it.

The 'Do Not Call List' doesn't help. They find loopholes in it or change the company name claiming they didn't know. Filing a complaint with the FTC does NO good. I filed one recently about a company that had called me more than 30 times. Complete with times, names, dates, and the number they called from. I continued to tell them there was no Megan here and to stop calling and I was on the DNC list. FTC sent me general email that they had the complaint but will no longer respond to me and they are using the complaint (basically) for status purposes.

I just got my second call from a Jamaican scam artist today. This time the ringer was off. The first time he said he was from Publishers Clearing House. This I could tell he was an American. When I told him to not call this number, he cussed at me and hung up. The next time he calls I am going to answer the phone like this, Tallahassee Police Department, how may I direct your call? That should do the trick and get rid of them for good!

Screw those THUGS!Had a call yesterday,from those DIRTBAGS!

Received a call from this number 8763672337 a man with a foreign voice said to call him his name was John White watch out can't find out who he is by phone number just says scams for area code 976.. Beware

My husband and I received a call this evening from a 876 area code. The guy said his name was John Brown and he was the CEO . He said we had won $1.5 million and a brand new car...I was on the other line and said so what do you need a credit card or money? And NO I wasn't going to give him anything period. He got very rude and mad. Finally I said I don't have time for this and I hung up.

This is ridiculous!! I just got the same call. I hung up immediately just in case they could hack my information via smart phone. I just watched a 60minute special and it talks about how easy it is to hack our smart phones. Isn't there anything we can do to block these kind of people??? I can't stand people that try to hurt others UGH!!!

I just received a call like this. I asked for their telephone number. they gave me 876-374-3824. They said they were calling from Nova Scotia

876-326-7152 Just called and told me they were from publishers clearing house. When I asked them to take me off their list, they said they were getting ISIS to come for me... LOL.

Just got one of these calls and it has changed. They are saying you have won Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes and give you an 876 area code number to call. Calling the number immediately states you have to add money to complete the card with a debit or credit card. Do not fall for this either. Just a heads up to people.

I received one of these calls. Won the American powerball sweeps. I played along eliciting information as much as possible. Finally advised them that they have been tracked to their location and Interpol was enroute with warrants. They hung up real fast.

Got a call from 876-438-6904...distinct Jamaican accents.Telling me I won the Publishers Clearington Sweepstakes.Very unprofessional!!! I spoke with 3 different gentleman.First one said I won the grand prize,second one said I won second place and the third said I came in third..lol..all agreed I had won 2.5 million and a Mercedes (if only that were true..lol).All I had to do was send $1,500 there way and I.would get my prizes.I hung up on them and notified the police and attorney general's office.Too bad they can't do anything about these land pirates.They are despicable..

An elderly lady friends is being taken right now.

She has already sent between $20,000 and $40,000 the last few weeks. She can't be stopped. She is convinced she has won a $3.1 million lottery, and only has to send $20,000 more to collect.

The number calling her (876 304-1040) appears to be from Jamaica. She is sending the cash to: 149 E Buckley St, Brownfield TX.

Last I talked to her, she was selling silver coins and jewelry in addition to taking out a mortgage on her home to get the money. Police agencies tell me "Nothing can be done, if she is giving the money freely". I'm keeping a shopping cart near by for her to load what's left when they're done with her.

Does your friend have any family or friends nearby who could talk to her? Could you alert someone at her bank, or her lawyer or investment advisor about this?

You could contact your local adult services agency, and explain that you think your friend is a victim of financial exploitation. Use this government website to find an agency near you.

Some local police or sherrif's departments have officers who visit with citizens. You could ask if they have a community policing officer or other volunteer.

Got a call like the ones above earlier today. The man, in a very strange sounding "American" accent, who spoke very slowly, claimed that his name was Mike Davidson and asked me if I watch "The Price is Right." I said that I had seen it before. I think he was expecting someone much older, but he powered through. He claimed that I had won a $950k prize drawing through the powerball in Las Vegas. Completely bogus nonsense, so I told him I had no affiliation with television and hadn't been to Vegas in years. He veeery slowly spelled out his name again, and at this point I heard smothered laughter in the background. Then he slowly spelled out "The Price is Right" even though I told him I understood. More smothered laughter on the other end as I sat and waited for this man to say "P as in pet, R as in rice..." yet again.

Realizing that two can play that game, I told him I'd misheard and asked him to spell it again, to his shock. After he was done, I asked him if he'd spelled it "Price is Wright" and then "Price is Rite" then "Write" and then I asked for the whole thing again. Finally I said that I hadn't actually seen the show, because the one I watched was spelled different. The laughter had stopped by that point.

He said that it was a very popular show and that he was trying to give me my prize from their drawing. So I repeatedly asked him what network it was on and he repeatedly said "the same network you always watch it on." Finally he said "well it will be changing networks today or tomorrow actually so it doesn't matter." So I asked him what the former network was and what the future network was and he just said, clearly frustrated and scrambling, "channel 75."

So naturally, I told him that I didn't have that channel and asked which cable provider it was on. He was so distraught I almost felt bad for him. Finally, I just said that cable information was above his tier and asked to speak to his manager about the show and how I could watch it. He was stuttering so I asked what his manager's ext was and he immediately replied "5." But when I asked for the number, he said "1-876..." Click. Dialtone. He hung up.

Anyway, I don't have caller ID because it's a landline I only keep around to lower my bill (for some strange reason, that's how my internet company rolls) but I found out enough to find this website. Anyway, it's awful that they do this to the elderly, who are also the target demographic for "The Price is Right." I can only imagine how many people this human leech has scammed, but I'm grateful for the info I gathered from this page.

Got a call early this morning on my cell from 876-471-2482. The man spoke in a stilted foreign accent saying the UPS would be bringing a package to the house and asking when would I be home to receive it . He said I had to write down the number of the UPS driver as he was bringing me a very " important package" so I can call him when I am at home !! I told him whatever scam he was running wouldn't work on me as UPS never calls to give a driver's number for call back nor do they care whether I am home or not to deliver a package !!! Sure enough a reverse number check revealed a Jamaican origin and this website on scam calls!

Got a call today from 876 area code: John Peterson from Wintrillions wants me to send the IRS $550 in order for them to release my prize of $7.5M and a Mercedes. They thought my residence was in TEXAS and I live in Toronto, Canada. Hm. So I got the phone number for the IRS agent in Colorado (John is in Minnesota), and they both have serious Jamaican accents.. very coincidental hm? I'm going to track down the IRS department and report them.

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